Illegal disposal of hazardous waste items

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Over the past few weeks, the base had four incidents of illegal disposal of hazardous waste in refuse containers on Ramstein Air Base that caused environmental damage resulting in a high cost to the Air Force. This is not only a violation of Air Force guidance; it is also an offence under host nation law.

Hazardous Waste, such as motor oil, paints, batteries or cleaning solvents require special disposal under Air Force regulation and host nation law. That applies to waste generated during Air Force operations as well as from private households.

If hazardous waste is improperly disposed of, and the individual at fault is identified, the cost of the clean-up will have to be paid by them as well as the fine imposed by the host nation.

For disposal of Hazardous waste from Air Force operations, please contact DSN 478-8407. Hazardous waste from private household can be disposed at the Ramstein Recycle Centers during operation hours Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you notice a spill, or illegal disposal, please contact the base fire department at 112 or the base environmental office at DSN 480-7712.

For questions, please contact the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Office at DSN 480-7712.